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  • Space Beer
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    Congratulations Mr. bridgman, and thank you for your work

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  • qarium
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    Originally posted by bridgman View Post
    Thanks for all the kind words. It's been a lot of fun, and I had the privilege of working with a lot of great people both inside and outside of AMD. We have been getting more key people involved with open source graphics for over a decade now - twriter not only took on management of the open source graphics team but (along with agd5f) has been a very active evangelist internally. Even better, we have active support from multiple layers of executives above us.
    Most of my recent work has been related to early SW development & testing for compute parts - starting with Vega10 but really ramping up with Vega20 and beyond. Last project was MI300, which was interesting not just because of its size and complexity but because we had both APU and dGPU configurations using the same silicon.
    Anyways, I'll still be around here and hopefully will have time to get back to being more hands-on with the hardware and software. Thanks again.
    i know you are in pension now... i am in privat in this forum to.

    i have a question for you can you give me some explanation what could be the reason for forum posts like this one:

    Originally posted by Rauros View Post
    I have msi b650m as motherboard and ryzen 7 7700 cpu. All the resets and hangs I have observed was already reported. For instance https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/drm/amd/-/issues/2156 this and this https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/drm/amd/-/issues/3284 when you are using anything that utilize vaapi. But this is not a regular thing. I got 2-3 of these over 2-3 weeks of usage.
    I had regular freezes in ac:valhalla https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/mesa/mesa/-/issues/5701 and some regular ring gfx timeout https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/drm/amd/-/issues/1974 in all kinds of different games. ac:valhalla resets were more frequent.
    I had problems in wolfensteins games and watch dogs 2 about textures but those are unrelated to stability of drivers.
    These hangs are totally random. You can play something for a week or 2 without any crashes and get a reset randomly.
    One other thing that bothers me is that in windows my gpu consumes 45 watts when decoding a video. But on linux same settings and configuration it consumes 75-95 watts. Which is talked in here https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/drm/amd/-/issues/3195. Again unrelated to stability but bothering still.
    ​do you think this will become better with this news: " AMD Working To Release MES Documentation & Source Code"

    i hope you have fun write in the phoronix.com in privat to...

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  • DarkFoss
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    bridgman Congratulations on your well earned retirement! Thank you for everything you've done for AMD and the open source initiative. I'm glad to see your intending to stick around the forums! I have always enjoyed your posts and look forwards to your occasional updates.

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  • Lanz
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    @bridgman​ has done so much for open source. Truly a great man who made a lasting contribution to freedom. Thank you!

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  • bridgman
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    Thanks for all the kind words. It's been a lot of fun, and I had the privilege of working with a lot of great people both inside and outside of AMD. We have been getting more key people involved with open source graphics for over a decade now - twriter not only took on management of the open source graphics team but (along with agd5f) has been a very active evangelist internally. Even better, we have active support from multiple layers of executives above us.

    Most of my recent work has been related to early SW development & testing for compute parts - starting with Vega10 but really ramping up with Vega20 and beyond. Last project was MI300, which was interesting not just because of its size and complexity but because we had both APU and dGPU configurations using the same silicon.

    Anyways, I'll still be around here and hopefully will have time to get back to being more hands-on with the hardware and software. Thanks again.
    Last edited by bridgman; 04 April 2024, 07:01 PM.

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  • coder
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    Originally posted by qarium View Post
    thats the problem of the forum in general people do not even try to be brilliant some just want to be destructive here.
    Yes, you're mostly right and I believe your suggestions are made with good intentions.

    I just think it's funny that you seem to believe everyone in a big company is like a happy family, where anyone can just phone or message anyone else with a great idea. That's not how even much smaller businesses work. If there's a truly important message to pass from one part to the other, it can be done. However, people normally exist in silos and Bridgman's was just a small corner of their GPU business. Not only that, but his office was ex-ATI, located in a different actual country (i.e. Canada) than where the CPU work happens!
    Last edited by coder; 04 April 2024, 02:55 PM.

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  • Termy
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    Thanks for all the hard work and enjoy your well deserved retirement!

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  • novideo
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    I may be a bit late bridgman, but it's thanks to people like you that I am able to enjoy excellent quality FOSS driver support on my all-AMD system. (With a little of bit of room for improvement in ROCm.) Thank you so much and have a nice retirement!

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  • qarium
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    Originally posted by coder View Post
    LOL! Not always trolling. Sometimes, trying to pitch bridgman on a "brilliant" idea that he should totally pass on to AMD's senior management or the CPU product managers (as if he even knows who those people are).
    ​It'd be generous of him to pop in and say a few nice words to the community. Wouldn't cost him much, but maybe he just wants his legacy of tens of thousands of (mostly) patient posts to speak for itself.
    More likely than not, he's off on a vacation somewhere, celebrating his newfound freedom. Can't blame him for not wanting to ruin it by logging into Phoronix, expecting to see the typical dozen or so posts by angry AMD users @-ing him with their complaints or support requests. I'd imagine that's normally what he sees, when he logs in.
    if we listen to Avis/Birdie/Sophisticles they do not even try to have a brilliant idea and of course they do not improve anything for them microsoft windows is best and open-source people can not have any brilliant idea what so ever.

    thats the problem of the forum in general people do not even try to be brilliant some just want to be destructive here.

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  • MrCooper
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    Congrats bridgman, enjoy your well-deserved retirement!

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